Hazard reduction burn in Werakata National Park

The National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) in conjunction with the NSW Rural Fire Service and NSW Fire and Rescue will be conducting a hazard reduction burn in Werakata National Park north of Cessnock on Sunday 2 May and Monday 3 May, weather permitting.

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NPWS Lower Hunter Area Manager Mitch Carter said the purpose of the burn was to reduce bushfire risk to local properties in Abermain and protect significant areas of wildlife habitat and cultural heritage.

"Subject to favourable weather conditions, we're planning to treat approximately 90 hectares in Werakata National Park, adjacent to Abermain, to reduce fuel loads," said Mr Carter.

"The burn will focus on the area bounded to the northwest by Shiralee Trail to the east by Bathurst St and Slaughter House Rd and to the south by Lismore St and Abermain Trail.

"To ensure public safety and allow for effective prescribed burning operations, we will be closing areas of the reserve including the Shiralee and Abermain trails, during the prescribed burning period.

"We will also have traffic management in place on Bathurst and Lismore Streets for the duration of the burn. Motorists in the area are reminded to use caution and drive to conditions," said Mr Carter.

The low-intensity hazard reduction burn will protect habitat for the endangered Swift Parrott and the vulnerable Squirrel Glider.

All burns across NSW will continue to be coordinated with the NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) to ensure the impact on the community, including from smoke, are assessed at a regional level.

Details on specific burns will be made available in advance on the Rural Fire Service website, 'Fires Near Me' app, and on NPWS Alerts website.

For health information relating to smoke from bush fires and hazard reduction burning, visit NSW Health or the Asthma Foundation.

For up to date information on these, and other, planned hazard reduction activities, visit the Rural Fire Service website.